3.5 out of 5 stars

Autogenesis is an intriguing audiobook that offers a unique perspective on the future of AI/Technology, its “accidental” creation, and its potential impact on humanity. At times, the book reads a little like someone’s ramblings, but it’s narrated beautifully by Luke Pelletier. I thought Luke did an excellent job bringing the text to life, especially during some of the book’s dramatic scenes. Luke performed them without overdoing it, and his emotional performance breathed life into some of the more intense moments.

Despite some of the rambling sections I alluded to earlier, the story itself is incredibly interesting, and author Sikter’s vision for the future feels realistic and honest. However, in my personal opinion, Autogenesis would benefit from some revising to tighten up the pacing and remove some of the fluff. That said, the scene and character building is impressive, and Sikter does an excellent job creating people and places we should care about. It helps when the book slows down at parts, and the characters’ emotions come to the forefront of the narrative.

Overall, I thought that even with the things I mentioned earlier, Autogenesis is worth a listen. I believe that Sikter’s vision for the future, especially during the AI revolution that’s currently happening, this feels poignant and interesting in 2023.

Book Description:

The year is 2048, and Anders Helmemyr has just started studying computer science in Uppsala, Sweden. Amidst political activism, a complicated love life, and the thrills of student nightlife, he meets Niklas, a computer genius who began his PhD in artificial intelligence at the age of 18.

Niklas has a secret: He’s conducting illegal research on a home-built neurosimulator, trying to create an artificial consciousness–a program that thinks and feels like humans do. Anders is drawn into the project, and together they develop Niklas’ brainchild, Leo. However, neither of them knows just what the repercussions for their creation will be. Politics, and life as they know it, are about to change for all time.

Autogenesis is the first book from Swedish computer scientist and sci-fi writer David Sikter’s epic trilogy Let There Be Gods, a compelling and evocative vision of the future of humanity in the age of sentient machines.

Autogenesis by David Sikter
Narrator: Luke Pelletier
Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
Series: Let There Be Gods #1
Published by Self Published on January 26th 2023
Genres: Technothriller
Format: Audiobook
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